Associate of Arts in Music, 2007, Cowley County Community College, Arkansas City, KS

Bachelor of Music, Music Education, 2011, Southwestern College, Winfield, KS

Master of Music, Music Education (choral Conducting), 14 hours completed, Southwestern College, Winfield, KS plus 5 additional graduate hours in Kodaly Level One Training through Wichita State University.

ESL endorsement classes through FHSU, currently enrolled.
 

Early experiences

  • Began playing piano at age 4 in the basement of his father's Baptist church, teaching himself by ear
  • Began singing in the graded choir program in his father's church
  • Began playing baritone then trumpet in 5th grade
  • Began playing in youth handbell choir at church during junior high school years

Huffman High School - 1980-1982

  • Played trumpet in marching band and concert band
  • Involved in church music programs including youth choir, youth handbell choir and musicals
  • Sang in high school choir
  • Earned superior ratings at solo and ensemble contests

Moore High School  - 1982-1984

  • Played trumpet and french horn in marching band and concert band
  • Played piano for jazz band
  • Sang in Appolyras (high school choir)
  • Was cast member and chorus member for "Annie Get Your Gun"
  • All-State jazz piano, ranked 1st in the state

1984

  • Played piano/keyboards/organ for Dayspring Church (Assembly of God) and Full Gospel Assembly, both of OKC.
  • Keyboard player for "No Limit" (Christian rock band), including numerous concerts and release of a CD and 2 TV appearances
  • Keyboard player for "Confessions of Faith" (Contemporary Christian music band)
  • Sang and played for solo and ensemble contests
  • Enrolled in University of Oklahoma as Music Education major, studied until 1987
  • Played piano/keyboards for OU jazz band
  • Sang in OU University Choir until 1987

1985

  • Continued playing piano/keyboards/organ for Full Gospel Assembly until December of 1989
  • Continued playing keyboards with "No Limit" until 1988

1986

  • Taught organ classes for Sherman Clay Music stores through 1987
  • Played keyboards and helped lead worship for Ziggy Sanchez Ministries through 1989

1987

  • Organized youth choirs and lead music for Full Gospel Assembly youth camps

1988

  • Choir director for Youth America '88 at ORU campus, Tulsa, Oklahoma

1990's

  • Cathedral of Praise World Outreach Center, OKC, lead worship, organized youth choir, oversaw youth music programs for Rock Solid, youth ministry. Also played keyboards for all main services and occasionally Active Concerned Transformed Singles group on Saturday nights, from 1990 until 1992
  • Taught K-12 general music classes for Daystar Christian School, Oklahoma City 1992/1993, including 2 music programs per year
  • Played piano/keyboards for Hosanna! Church in OKC from 1992 until 1996
  • Taught private lessons for Rawson Music Company from 1992 to 1996
  • Worked as sales associate for Rawson Music Company from 1992 to 1996
  • Moved to Arkansas City, KS December 1996 to join Destiny Ministries as keyboard player/worship leader/sound tech until 2012
  • Taught K-12 music classes for Ark City Christian Academy from 1997/1998
  • Joined Walnut Valley Music Teacher's Association in 1998, where I served as a member and officer until 2012

2000's

  • Enrolled at Cowley County Community College where I continued an Associate's in Music degree, sang in the choir and played piano for the jazz band and pep band. Completed Associate's Degree in Music in 2007
  • Director of Walnut Valley Mens Chorus (Barbershop group) from 1997 to 2010
  • Joined National Music Teachers Association in 1997 and am currently a member
  • Director/teacher of LionsGate Music School under Destiny Ministries teaching private lessons and home school music classes until 2012
  • Trumpet/Auxiliary keyboards for Arkansas City High School production of "Once Upon A Mattress"
  • Auxiliary keyboards for Southwestern College's summer production of "Beauty and the Beast"
  • Received triple certification as Scott Houston piano method instructor
  • Auxiliary keyboards for Southwestern College's summer production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie"
  • Keyboards for Cowley College basketball pep band from 2008 to 2010

2010

  • Music director for Southwestern College and Burford Arts' summer production of the children's musical "Jungle Book for Kids"

2011

  • Auxiliary keyboards for Cowley County Community College's production of "Lucky Stiff"
  • Audition and rehearsal pianist for Ponca City Playhouse's production of "The Music Man"
  • Keyboards for house band at PrairieFest 2011, "Woodstock Revisited"
  • Completed Bachelor of Music Education degree from Southwestern College in 2011

2012

  • Portrayed Elton John for PrairieFest 2012 "British Invasion" singing and playing keyboards
  • Enrolled in Master of Music in Education degree with emphasis in choral conducting
  • K-6 vocal music teacher for Plainville Schools until May 2013
  • Founded Forte Music Studios
  • Keyboard player for Front Line Band at Celebration Community Church in Hays, KS until May, 2013

2013

  • Auxiliary keyboards for Hays High School Choir dinner show "Celebrate Good Times"
  • K-5 vocal music teacher for Dodge City Schools
  • Saloon pianist for the Long Branch Saloon at the Boot Hill Museum
  • Pianist/keyboard player for Dodge City Church of the Nazarene
  • Pianist/keyboard player for Ignite Worship events
  • Trumpet with Dodge City Community College pep band
  • Keyboards/trumpet with Dodge City Cowboy Band
  • Founder/Director of DC Naz gospel choir
  • Baritone with Choral Union, choral ensemble with Dodge City Community College, including solo work
  • Volunteering and working with various events for Depot Theater Company
  • Accompanied high school soloists at contest as well as Comanche Middle School choirs at contest
  • Pit musician (keyboards) for Dodge City High School's production of "Annie"
  • Owner/Teacher of Forte Music Studio

2014

  • K-5 vocal music teacher for Dodge City Schools
  • Sir Dennis Galahad in Depot Theater's production of "Spamalot"
  • Pianist for Boot Hill Museum at Long Branch Saloon and Long Branch Variety Show
  • Provided live music in the lobby for various Depot Theater events
  • Played keyboards for Dodge City Community College pep band during basketball season
  • Played keyboards for Dodge City Cowboy Band
  • Musician for Dodge City Church of the Nazarene worship teams
  • Pianist/keyboard player for Ignite Worship events
  • Owner/Teacher for Forte Music Studio
2015
  • K-5 vocal music teacher full time for Linn Elementary school
  • Pianist for Boot Hill Museum at Long Branch Saloon and Long Branch Variety Show
  • Provided live music for various Depot Theater events
  • Performed with "Jeff and the Old Broads" at Depot Theater events and in Bucklin and Offerle, KS
  • Played keyboards for Dodge City Community College pep band during basketball season
  • Played keyboard for Dodge City Cowboy Band and featured vocal soloist
  • Musician for Dodge City Church of the Nazarene worship teams
  • Pianist/keyboardist for Ignite worship events
  • Played trumpet for Dodge City Community College pep band for football games
  • Played piano/keyboards for DC3 big band jazz orchestra
  • Owner/Teacher for Forte Music Studio
2016
  •  K-5 vocal music teacher full time for Linn Elementary School
  • Pianist for Long Branch Saloon and Long Branch Variety Show for summer season
  • Provided live music for various Depot Theater events
  • Played trumpet for Dodge City Community College pep band, football and basketball games
  • Musician for Dodge City Church of the Nazarene worship teams
  • Pianist for Ignite worship events
  • Played piano for Dodge City Jazz Orchestra
  • Played second keyboard for Dodge City High School production of "Footloose"
  • Played piano for Depot Theater production of "9 - 5" 
  • Played trumpet and keyboard for Dodge City Community College Symphony
  • Owner/Teacher of Forte Music Studio
2017
  • Guest accompanist for KMEA Elementary Honor Choir workshop/performance playing bass part on keyboard
  • Secondary keyboards, string, harp, guitar and pipe organ parts for DCHS production of "Sound of Music"
  • Musician for Dodge City Church of the Nazarene worship teams and youth ministry
  • Accompanist for instrumental solos at contests for Cimarron middle school and high school students
  • Dr. Billeaux and chorus member in Depot's production of Urinetown
  • Pianist for Dodge City jazz orchestra in various performances
  • Pianist for Boot Hill Museum at the LongBranch Saloon during the day and for the variety show at night.
  • Orchestra director for Depot Theater production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast featuring a 7 piece orchestra and 36 students on stage from 22 area high schools, June/July 2017.
  • Merline Depew, the unseen organist in Depot Theater's production of "Dearly Departed", September/October, 2017
  • Owner/Teacher of Forte Music Studio, relocated to Village Square Mall in Dodge City
2018
  • Pianist for Boot Hill Museum weekends throughout the school year.
  • Accompanist for Dodge City Middle School choirs at music festival
  • Accompanist for Cimarron high school and junior high school instrumental solos and small groups for all festivals and contests
  • Piano, french horn and trumpet for Dodge City Symphony
  • Bass/Baritone in Dodge City Community College's Choral Union
  • Pianist/keyboardist for Dodge City Church of the Nazarene worship teams
  • Owner/Teacher for Forte Music Studio at Village Square Mall in Dodge City teaching private lessons
  • Pianist for Boot Hill Museum at the Long Branch Saloon during the day and for the variety show at night.
  • Music director for Depot Theater Children's prodiuction of "James and the Giant Peach" in July of 2018